Essential Items to Pack for a Round-the-World Trip or Long-Term Travel


When going on a round-the-world (RTW) trip or traveling anywhere for several weeks or months, you have to plan your packing checklist totally differently than you do for a weekend or weeklong trip. Factors like the weight of your packing materials really matters because airlines will only allow 50 pounds (and some only 45 pounds) [...]

How I Afford Flying Around the World

Cruise ship in Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zeala

This article is Part 1 in a series on how I’m affording a 6-week trip to Australia and New Zealand for less than most families spend on a trip to Disney World. To fly for nearly free to Australia and New Zealand from the United States requires combining a lot of little-known travel secrets and [...]

Easy Trick to Score Premium Economy Airplane Seats for Free

Premium Economy Seats

Check out this full row of empty airplane seats with extra leg room, extra width, and car charger ports, which Danielle scored for free with one of her travel hacks. These are generically referred to as “premium economy” seats. American Airlines calls them “Main Cabin Extra” seats and charges $20 or more per extra comfy [...]

How I Flew to New Orleans for $2.98 Roundtrip

Miles Redemption

When my friend announced in January that she wanted to celebrate her June birthday in New Orleans, I started dreaming of Cajun food, craft cocktails, and endless nights on Bourbon Street. In the six months between January and June, I kept my eye on airfare prices from Dallas to New Orleans. The cheapest fares I saw (after [...]

Free & Cheap Travel Beginner’s Guide

Maui Perfect Beach

I’ve never paid more than $85 for any overseas flight, and I don’t know why every American doesn’t travel like this. If you have never traveled for free or really cheap, then it may sound too good to be true. But I encourage you to put all your assumptions aside and read these methods I’ve been using [...]